Stephen Elliott grew up a ward of the court in various institutions and group homes in Chicago. He earned his Bachelors degree at the Univeristy of Illinois and a Masters degree from Northwestern Univeristy. He has worked as a stripper, a cabdriver, a bartender, and a law school admissions consultant. Stephen Elliott is the Truman Capote Fellow in the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. Stephen Elliott's writing can be found at stephenelliott.com.